What a pleasant surprise!
Shortly before we started preparing for breakfast very early in the morning on the second day of our Holy Week sojourn at Kalanggaman Island, we had an unexpected guest who dropped in.
It was the islet’s resident Black-crowned Night-heron, locally known as “lapay”
It was actually not our first meeting.
I first met the Lapay during one of my earlier trips to Kalanggaman. I was told by the islet caretakers that there was originally one pair of the birds bred in captivity and released in the islet by Palompon’s local government personnel. The other bird vanished and only this one stayed around.
Here are photos I took of her during that first encounter May of last year…